JetPack Aviation is offering the general public a chance to experience its latest jetpack, the JB-10. The winner will be given $1,000 worth of travel vouchers, fly the JB-10 in Los Angeles and have dinner with the company’s founders.
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TopFelya captured this incredible footage at a runway at London’s Gatwick Airport, as a series of jumbo jets each manages to successfully land or take off in a dense fog that seems to swallow up the planes. The mist coming off the wings of the planes is especially eerie.
While most drones take off and land like a helicopter, the Bionic Bird mimics the flight dynamics of our avian friends, flapping its wings to stay airborne for up to 12 minutes on a charge. Its egg-shaped charger lets you juice back up in the field up to 12 times.
The 560th Flying Training Squadron invited SmarterEveryDay for a test flight in the trusty Northrop T-38 Talon, a supersonic trainer jet used by the US Air Force and NASA. It gives us a thrilling glimpse of just how hard it is to handle such powerful birds.
Photographer Blair Bunting and his assistant wondered if Goose’s upside down Polaroid shot in Top Gun could actually be done – and done well – in real life. They managed to convince the Patriots Jet Team to help them recreate the stunt. Behind-the-scenes here.
Footage of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner being put through its paces in preparation for the recently completed 2016 Farnborough Airshow. The takeoff and extreme banking maneuvers are especially impressive for a jet that can carry 280 passengers. More flying footage here.
Ride along for a formation flight with the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team. This 360º video puts you in the middle of the action, for a spectacular view of the snow-capped Alps and the St. Moritz ski resort below. The shots from the ground were unnecessary, but it’s still well worth watching.
AmazingDIYProjects built himself a drone. But this isn’t just any old quadcopter, no. This multi-bladed flying machine can actually lift a human. His nonchalant description about engine failures isn’t particularly reassuring, but he still manages to get off the ground. Liftoff at 4:15.
A dizzying stunt performed by pilot Spencer H. Suderman, who broke his own Guinness World Record of the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. The daredevil spun his Sunbird S1X biplane around an astounding 98 times over the Arizona desert. We’re gonna go puke now.
Footage from a Discovery program which documented the Piasecki PA97 Helistat, an experimental logging blimp, which used an ungainly configuration of four helicopters to lift it off the ground. Just looking at the thing, it seemed like a bad idea… and it was.
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